Reade Street Talks

Curated Discussions

Reade Street Talks is an ongoing series of discussions curated by Rogers Partners that engage industry experts on a variety of topics relevant to architecture, design and the public realm.

Through the theme of “what you don’t see in our cities and buildings” we aim to balance design with policy-oriented speakers.

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Ben Prosky, Susan Chin and David van der Leer

Three NYC leaders described their organizations and how they foster and enhance the impact of the design community.

Ben Prosky, Executive Director, AIA New York

Susan Chin, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space

David van der Leer, Executive Director, Van Alen Institute


Margie Ruddick

Principal, Margie Ruddick Landscape

Margie's book Wild by Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes outlines the principles that guide her work.

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Jenny Sabin

Principal Investigator, Sabin Design Lab, Cornell University

The intersection of architecture and science - a new model for design, research and production across disciplinary boundaries.

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Frank Ruchala, Jr.

Deputy Director of Zoning, NYC Department of City Planning

Shaping Neighborhoods. A discussion on the impact of the Zoning for Quality and Affordability Amendment and its impact for architects.

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Regina Myer

President, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Private and public interests in the public realm.

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Catherine Seavitt

Principal, Catherine Seavitt Studio

How can design thinking rewrite the story of rising sea levels, storm surges and flooding in urban environments?

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Candace Damon

Vice Chair, HR&A Advisors

Why is economic planning necessary for great design?

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Susanna Drake

Principal, DLANDstudio

Design of the public realm and a new way to approach a professional practice.

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Alex Garvin

President and CEO, AGA Public Realm Strategists, Inc.

Navigating the complexities of executing consequential projects in New York City.

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